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Finalization of the Public-Private Partnership Guidelines

As the government’s capacity to borrow money is limited Public private partnership is the only way forward to achieve development goals. Since 1998 Sri Lankan government has not issued any guidelines for PPP.

The Department of Public Finance of Ministry of Finance conducted the final stakeholder consultation workshop on 15 November 2017 to discuss the finalization of the draft Public-Private Partnership guidelines after receiving comments from various government institutes. The workshop was conducted with the assistance of USAID Short-Term Assistance to Improve Public Financial Management Reform (STAIR) Project.

The objective of the discussion was to review the comments received on the fourth draft PPP Guidelines before the finalization.

Addressing the gathering Mr. P.Algama Director General of Department of Public Finance mentioned that the Revised PPP Guidelines clearly outline the PPP Project Management Cycle and the procedures and roles of institutions included for each phase of the PPP Project Management Cycle. The guideline will serve as the basis for new PPP legislation that will be drafted by the Government of Sri Lanka.

USAID STAIR project PPP consultant David Baxter by drawing on his 25 years of experience in international infrastructure development discussed the final comments with key government stakeholders. USAID STAIR project chief of Party Mr Thomas Burola facilitated the workshop. During the session participants were given the opportunity to submit verbal and written comments on the content of the fourth draft. The draft will be finalized before the end of the year and will be submitted to Ministry of Finance.

This Final Draft is the 4th Draft of the PPP Guidelines that has been collaboratively developed between USAID and stakeholders from the Sri Lankan government during 2016/17. The document has also been shared with the World Bank and other development partners for input and comments on the PPP best practices proposed in the document. The 4th draft of the PPP Guidelines represents the cumulative input of the different reviewers.

The drafters of the document have referred existing PPP and procurement related legislation to ensure that this document is harmonized with the laws of Sri Lanka.

The institutions involved in the PPP process per these revised guidelines include Ministry of Finance, Line Ministries, National Agency for Public private Partnership, Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee, Attorney’s General Department, National Procurement Commission and Cabinet Committee on Economic Management.

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